With it being a bye week for the Vikings the signing of Josh Freeman is about all there is to talk about. To be honest, though, even if it wasn’t a bye week this is about all we would want to talk about anyways. Here are ten random things (facts, thoughts, opinions, etc.) about the signing:
1. Franchise Tag A Possibility
The Vikings surely hope Freeman comes in and throws for a gazillion yards and six dozen touchdowns and saves their season en route to the Super Bowl… or something like that. If Freeman does light it up once he hits the field, they will not have to immediately worry about losing Freeman to free agency, despite his one year contract. According to PFT, Freeman’s contract contains no clause preventing the Vikings from using the “franchise” tag following this season. If the organization decides Freeman is their guy then he will be hear to stay, but that tag will not be cheap if it comes to that.
2. Yes, I Like The Move
For those asking, I absolutely love this move. I see no downside. If Freeman busts, all that is lost is $2 million of Zygi Wilf’s money, at this point. Freeman has a stronger arm than Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel. He has more success on his resume than Ponder does, and comes to town with more experience at the same age (25). Freeman’s ability to throw the deep ball has to be respected which can only help Adrian Peterson. I just don’t see why some fans remain opposed to this move, which could possibly define a new era of Vikings football for the better.
3. Eye On The Cap
The Vikings will reportedly have less than $1 million in cap space remaining after signing Freeman. He signed a one year deal worth $2.83 million, but the prorated amount for 12 games remaining sees him making $2 million from the Vikings. Unless the Vikings are quick to somehow shed some cap space soon then they are unlikely to sign any other big names this year, or make any lucrative extension offers to their own player.